updated 11:30 pm EDT, Wed August 7, 2013
First cross-platform video messaging app released
Described as "the world's first video walkie-talkie," Runface's Vtalkie is a cross-platform video messaging app that offers free, unlimited chat, with no international SMS costs. Utilizing usernames, users can add friends and find others who are nearby. The app was launched for Android and Windows 8 platforms this week, and joins the existing version 2.1 for iOS. The iOS update offers increased video preview size, and bug fixes.
Beacon Audio creates Kickstarter project to create Bluetooth Speaker
The Blazar Project, Beacon Audio's Kickstarter campaign to create an aluminum Bluetooth speaker, has successfully reached its target funding goal with 24 days still remaining. The Blazar Bluetooth speaker is capable of pairing with another for stereo sound, as well as with the user's smartphone for calls. The speaker intends to optimize low-end sound in a compact design, with two 50ml drivers and a 65ml bass radiator. Holding an up to 12-hour charge, the Blazar will be universally compatible as to accommodate all smartphones, tablets, laptops and other equipment that is equipped with Bluetooth. Delivery of limited-edition Blazar speakers and branded goods for those who have backed the campaign is slated for September 2013.